One of the many surprises that came out of Solo: A Star Wars Story was a shocking cameo appearance by the Crimson Dawn leader himself, Maul. Ray Park, who played Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace reprised his role as the Sith apprentice gone Crime Lord. I’ve been really wanting to hear Ray talk about his experience on returning to Star Wars and luckily Forbes has just that. During an interview with Park, he reveals that he found out about his part in Solo last June.
“I found out last June/July when we were in Guatemala. I got the phone call from Lynne Hale from Lucasfilm. And it was really nice of her, because she said to me ‘Ray, we’re just calling to see if you would like to do it.’ And I went [inhales slowly] ‘Yeah. Do you want me on the plane now?’
Ray also touches upon teasing Maul’s return prior to Solo in a sneaky way, but everyone (including me) thought he was teasing a Kenobi film.
“I may have deleted a bunch, but if you go back and check all my Instagram posts, I was secretly telling everyone, but no-one knew.”
I’ve met Ray several times and I can honestly say his enthusiasm for the character is unparalleled. He is always very enthusiastic with the fans. The fact that he got the opportunity to play Maul again is a testament to Lucasfilm’s commitment to the character. Not only that but Sam Witwer also voiced Maul in the film. I’m sure most of you know but for those who don’t, Witwer voices Maul in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. I really hope this isn’t the last time we see Maul in live action. Seeing these new photos of Ray as Maul makes me want a Maul movie so much more. Hopefully if Kenobi ends up happening, Maul can tag along.